The Scottish developer has closed following the poor performance of State of Emergency 2.
DC Studios’ UK operation has ceased trading making 29 staff redundant at the Edinburgh office.
The developer acquired the rights to a State of Emergency sequel from Vis Entertainment and signed an agreement to complete the game with administrator Tenon Recovery and State Of Emergency Development.
DC Studios partnered with US publisher Southpeak to launch the game in February but according to Chief Executive Mark Greenshields the revenues from the game “were substantially lower than we expected."
"We had to pay a lot of money in order to complete the game," he explained. "A lot of things were discovered after the acquisition. But when you buy something out of receivership, it’s buyer beware.”
This is not the end of the road for the Scottish operation. The team had two projects in development when the studio closed on Friday and Greenshields says he would like to be able to re-open the doors soon. “I have to be careful about doing the right thing for everyone,” he said. “I have to obey the law.”
The company’s operation in Montreal Canada trades as a separate entity and will remain open.
Source: Sunday Herald